Thomas Fire

Thomas Fire – After Action Review 

In December 2017, the Thomas Fire ignited north of Santa Paula and traveled quickly through unincorporated County of Ventura lands to the City of Ventura. An unprecedented disaster, the Thomas Fire moved at record speed and caused immediate damage to the City, which swiftly launched a tremendous response effort.

All of California is learning important lessons from the recent wildfires. To ensure we thoroughly evaluate the response to the Thomas Fire and prepare for the future, the City has released its after-action review of the disaster. This review highlights a number of the City’s strengths in fighting the fire, outlines lessons learned and provides recommendations for future investments to protect our community moving forward – many of which are already underway.

We continue to share our heartfelt sympathy for those who were impacted by the Thomas Fire and remain committed to rebuilding a more resilient Ventura together.


Our hearts go out to all of the residents that have been affected by the Thomas Fire.  We are grateful to our community for the way that they have come together to support each other.

The City of Ventura thanks our residents for their patience and the following cooperating agencies for their support: CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire, Ventura County Sheriff, Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, City of Ventura Fire Department, City of Ventura Police Department, USFS/Los Padres National Forest, Cal OES, Red Cross, Southern California Edison, CHP, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, SoCalGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula Police, Santa Paula Fire, Ventura County OES, and Santa Barbara OEM. View the nationwide list of Thomas Fire Cooperating Agencies.